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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Underdogs split points

After losing their first two matches, Bangladesh looked determined to present their new coach a much-needed win but luck smiled on the Cambodians as they equalised in the 89th minute, reports Abhishek Hore.

sports Updated: Aug 23, 2007 01:17 IST
Abhishek Hore
Abhishek Hore
Hindustan Times

For Bangladesh and Cambodia, it was supposed to be a redemption time. The underdogs of the tournament were on the receiving end of their opponents’ onslaught in their first two matches. Both had two days of drubbings and disasters. The match was a chance for the teams to redeem themselves.

Leading 1-0 with just a minute to go, it seemed like it was Syed Nayeemuddin’s boys were all set to sing the redemption song. But luck smiled on the Cambodians, and with it, there was a change in script, and the man who wrote it was Keo Kosal — his 89th minute strike dashed Bangladesh’s hopes of registering their maiden win in the ONGC Nehru Cup tournament here at the Ambedkar Stadium. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

It also spoilt Bangladesh coach Syed Nayeemuddin’s party. Had they held on, it would have been the former Indian coach’s first win after taking charge of the Bangladesh team.

After losing their first two matches, Bangladesh looked determined to present their new coach a much-needed win. Their defence looked well organised with skipper Kazi Nazrul Islam leading the way, and the midfielders too were supplying the strikers with alarming regularity. Their positive play yielded results when Mohammad Abul Hussain opened the account with a decent header from a Mohammad Alfaz Ahmad in the 30th minute.

Ahead through Hussain’s strike, Bangladesh were looking ominous. In search of a second goal, the Bangladesh team was bombarding the Cambodian territory at regular intervals. In the 71st minute, Mohammad Ariful Islam nearly added another, but the Cambodian ’keeper Pich Rovenyothin managed to deflect off Islam’s shot from just outside the box.

Cambodia looked better in the second half and their moment came in the 89th minute, when Kosal converted the acute angle pass he re-received from substitute Sam El Nasa.

First Published: Aug 23, 2007 01:13 IST